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January 07, 2008

OSX and NFS issues

When I need access to network services on my computers in my home/studio network, I usually set them up on GNUlinux and grant the other operating systems access as clients. This time, for several reasons, I had to set up my OS X machine to export an NFS directory as a server and I needed to access this directory from GNUlinux. Now, this shouldn't be a problem (in theory...).

In practice it took me four hours before I found helpful information at the very bottom of this page. A UFS formatted disk under OS X and shared with NFS can be mounted but not accessed from Linux. The solution is to "downgrade" to NFS2 when mounting the exported directory.

I can swear would I have done it thhe other way around, exporting directories in GNUlinux and mounting them in OS X it would have taken me no more than 15 minutes. Instead I ended up spending the better portion of my day resolving this issue. It's good to be reminded of the reasons for leaving Mac behind...

Posted by henrikfr at January 7, 2008 02:57 PM

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